One Bowl Blueberry Muffins

One Bowl Blueberry Muffins

  So back in July, I vowed to rarely turn on the oven as to not overheat my house.  Now that we're in mid-December, I crank up my oven every chance I get so not only do I get a delicious treat, my house feels warm (and smells amazing).  So whenever I open the fridge [...]

Ultimate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

Ultimate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

  Last month, Ian celebrated his THIRTIETH birthday.  To celebrate, I baked him a 4-tiered, peanut butter cup cake.  A lot of recipes online simply did chocolate cake with a peanut butter frosting.  But I wanted the cake itself to have chocolate & peanut butter combo.  The result?  Peanut butter goodness.

Garage Pegboard Organization

Garage Pegboard Organization

  When Ian and I were renovating our old house, Squirrel House, we were working mainly out of a small one-car garage (that actually doesn't really fit a car).  The garage was super dingy, had minimal lighting, and just wasn't super conducive to getting work done.  To be fair, we were also horrible at organizing that [...]

Kitchen Moodboard

Kitchen Moodboard

  Photo sources: Kitchen Cabinets Flooring Subway Tile Lighting Range/Oven Runner This past week was demo week at Squirrel Estate.  Our contractors came and tore up all the first-floor flooring, tile, the kitchen, and the powder room.  Now it's time to put it all back together!  Our contractors took care of tiling the entryway/coat closet/powder [...]

Flooring Options & Making OSB Work

Flooring update on Squirrel Estate!  Since August, one thing on my mind is "what flooring am I going to put down on the first floor?"  We knew that the three-type flooring of the ceramic tile/hardwood/carpet combo didn't really work and really chopped up space.  We wanted to use up to 2 types of flooring (debating [...]

Foyer Lighting Options

Foyer Lighting Options

One nice thing about Squirrel Estate is the 2-story foyer.  Throughout the house, we have 8-ft ceilings, but it really doesn't feel like it because the foyer lets in so much light and it feels so much more open and airy. Our current foyer chandelier situation isn't ideal.  It's not horrible, but very dated and [...]

First Look at Squirrel Estate

First Look at Squirrel Estate

If you're new here, hi!  A little summary of our house adventures:  in August 2017, my husband and I bought our first house, a duplex in the northwest section of Philadelphia.  We currently live there and are hoping to move out by the end of the year.  We'll likely rent it out to longterm tenants, [...]

24 Hours in Brussels

24 Hours in Brussels

Back in September, Ian and I went on a week-long European trip to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary.  Funny story, we've never had good luck on our anniversaries, on our first wedding anniversary, Ian ended up in the emergency room due to a case of viral vertigo.  On our second wedding anniversary, our dog got [...]

Photo Walkthrough of Squirrel House

Photo Walkthrough of Squirrel House

Ian and I first moved to Philadelphia in the summer of 2017.  We bought a fixer upper at around 1,200 sq ft in a quiet neighborhood, and got to work.  Over the last two years, we changed everything from painting the walls to swapping out flooring.  Needless to say, everything looks very different from when [...]

Apple Butter Muffins

Apple Butter Muffins

Fall is here!  I absolutely adore fall and everything that comes with it.  The best part of fall, in my opinion, is all the apple things we get to eat.  One of my favorite activities each fall is making a huge batch of apple butter to can and give out to neighbors.  This year, I [...]